Writing Samples

                                                   A Master’s Degree in Computer Sciences?

                                                                        by Amy Koch Johnson


I am not convinced that a Master's in Computer Sciences is worth going to school for unless you are interested in Computer Sciences. I know that someone can make a higher income with a Masters in Computer Sciences in any given field of expertise; but they can also go to an Data Scientist, Computer - Video Development Company, Cloud Computing Company, an IT Security Company and more to help them, when needed. Then…. these computer companies, like I listed, will benefit financially and grow from another field of expertise needing their assistance. Plus, it is easier for anyone who holds a job in Computer Sciences alone, to stay abreast of the ongoing updates, that revolve in and around the computer world. Yet, someone who holds a vocation in another area of expertise yet obtains a Master's in Computer Sciences to help their career along and lifestyle, may not be able to keep up with these crucial updates and changes due to their own demanding workload. But then again, if someone is not tech savvy, all thumbs and feels limited at their computer/tech skills daily on the job, then that is a suitable reasoning for attaining a Master's in Computer Sciences, which can be accomplished part-time and online. This additional degree may then boost their confidence level and skills to ease stress on the job, which would maintain their health and increase longevity. The computer can cause many people a lot of stress, which is another topic unto itself.




                         What Steps Does Someone Take to Become a Food Scientist?

                                                                     by Amy Koch Johnson


What steps do you have to take to become a Food Scientist?


A Bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement in field of food and agricultural sciences.  A Food Scientist's job description is as follows: 1. They make sure food processing centers meet health standards and guidelines. 2. They analyze how to help improve the taste of food. 3. They research and study the nutritional value of food. Which includes overly processed foods and its nutritional value. 4. They complete lab tests to find food contaminates. 5. They search for new food sources. 6. And help develop new food products.


These scientists write about their research and finding in announcements, articles and create presentations.



                                                                                    Why Islanders do not get Island Fever

                                                                                                                        by Amy Koch Johnson



Islanders never come down with Island fever for many reasons that have zero to do with the adjective lazy. To me an Islander that is called lazy is a severe put-down and completely a misnomer. I can almost not believe-it, when people refer to Islanders continually as lazy and that is why the Islander Life is not the way for them. Because in actuality being an Islander means that their mind/body’s dna has a completely different perspective on life or that the Islander’s dna adapted to the island’s conditions for thousands of years. All of the symptoms that pertain to Island fever never exist for an Islander, ever.


Islanders work very hard and are very tidy people for starters. Their continually simple pleasures in life include planning, preparing, staying-fit, horticulture, oceanography, water-sports, fishing, sport-fishing, Outrigger Canoe Paddling (Ho‘owala‘au wa‘a), canoe-building, surfing, swimming, boating, sailing, ship-building, regadas (inu wai), deep-sea diving (while holding their breath even), snorkeling, dancing, hula, fire dances, Tahitian dance, writing and singing songs, learning and playing music instruments, making shell and pearl necklaces and more, making music instruments, sewing muumuus, sewing quilts, sewing clothes, making leis, carving, artwork, farming, cleaning, cooking, barbequing, making bread, having Luaus, cooking in the ground with lava rocks, spear fishing, sports, learning, sky-diving, writing, reading, teaching, commerce and more. Islanders so enjoy their way of life that they never even think of the things that people that get Islander fever think about. Because everyday of an Islander’s life they are involved in their own activities and they do not want to do anything else but Islander activities even if they are on the Mainland.  


                                       Dancing the Hula and Wearing MuuMuu’s

                                                                                                                         by Amy Koch Johnson


I was raised as an islander and if someone were to analyze my genetics to every one of my directly inherited X’s from my mother and my father, I remain mostly an islander.


Here is the breakdown, my father’s mother was 100% islander and I have traced her family to living on every side to the Hawaiian and Maderia islands for thousands of years. Upon researching this X that I received, I found my grandmother Mary’s grandfather’s baptisms in Funchal, Maderia until the beginning of record keeping. I started to wonder if anyone on this grandmother’s side was from the Canary Islands and was also part Guanche, who spoke the whistler language. I do not think anyone came from the mainland of Portugal, at all. Yet this side of my family was shipped to the Hawaiian islands and since they had such large families and were also part Gomes (a lot of Gomes were on the same ship to Hawaii from Maderia island), I started to laugh to myself at the fact that half of the people living in Hilo, Hawaii could be one of my cousins.


My grandma Mary’s brother worked for the Hilo Newspaper and the now new Portuguese Hawaiian men, built my uncle, the first electric car that was like the cars that they push up and down the hills on Maderia island. I also found out that my grandmother’s mother who was also a Mary had several marriages but may have given all her children one last name, sorry great grandma. I know from my studies that 90% of everyone from Charlemagne to now had several marriages. Since my great grandmother Mary and my grandmother Mary were both born in the Hawaiian Islands, we are now Hawaiians and had to give up the Madiera island stature of being from there, thank you! Maybe we are mixed with Hawaiian blood and according to my body type it is Sumo Hawaiian. Yes, Sumo wrestlers.


Maybe because two Mary’s were my grandmothers born and raised in Hawaii, and I got their X is the reason that I always wanted to be a hula dancer since I was 2 years old! I would sit on my Hawaiian stepfather’s lap at 5 years old and beg my mother with his help to let me grow my hair, LONG! So that I could look authentic while dancing the hula (I would think to myself, and to the ground thank you mom!). This side of my family embodies hula dancers I found out, my grandmother Mary's sister's daughter took her Hula show to Paris and if you ever meet me and wonder why is her hair so long?  And think, (my gosh, I cannot talk to this long-haired woman until she cuts her hair!) It is because I grew my hair to dance the hula. I am going to also wear a MuuMuu every day of my life until the end of time and there is nothing a real Hawaiian even in part, can wear but a MuuMuu, I think.


My mother’s father’s mother was born an islander and this X, I inherited, had a mother, father, siblings, uncles, aunts and grandparents, whom lived on the islands of Hawaii and maybe Polynesia for many, generations. I wonder if this side is part Chinese, I am not sure yet. I was named after this grandmother born in Puna, Hawaii and I never liked my name at all growing up! (Who has Koch as a middle name? Mixed with a girl in the Little Women book, that my grandmother read with me, I thought?)  I would ask my mother and tell my friends, “Does my name mean I am Coca-Cola? Should I drink it maybe?” I did not know that I had my own mother’s last name as my middle name, as a child, I only knew names like grandpa and grandma and that my mother’s last name was Kekuewa. My mother would not tell me that I was named after another Hawaiian grandmother born in Hawaii and that her family traces back to living in the Hawaiian Islands, when the kings and queens of Hawaii lived in the Kingdom of Hawaii. (Don’t they know that I live to wear muumuu’s and dance the hula, I think to this day? Why wouldn’t they tell me this?). I am not sure you want to know what I found out myself because at this point it is like being Sherlock Holmes’s relative and wondering did the real Sherlock Holmes live in Hawaii? And are we related to him also? Let’s just think that my mother was afraid of one of us getting Island fever at some point if any of us knew we were Islanders to this extent, (or do other people get island fever when they are our friends, if they are not from the Islands?).


My grandmother Amy Flora Koch, who no one has a photograph of, had two beautiful sons and one daughter, who are my only clues to what she really looked like. Amy Flora named one of her sons Art and to date, there is not a man in Manhattan Beach, California, that is as good-looking as Art Koch, with his beautiful brown complexion and fair-faced with dark hair. He stands out. I would see him over the years around town also and yell, “Uncle Art! Uncle Art!” And run up to him. He knew who I was always, we would chat, and I would walk away thinking (my heavens, is that man good looking!) Yet, Herbert Koch, my great grandfather who babysat me a lot growing up, Amy Koch’s husband and Art, Robert and Jane Koch’s father, was a little Jewish man from Germany and our Koch side had 12 children in each generation, even after moving to the United States. They were all jewelers, even back to Germany and I remember Herbert Koch owned the Jewelry Store downtown Manhattan Beach. As teenager I would go this Manhattan Beach Jewelry Store on Manhattan Beach Blvd., below Valley Drive, even after another owner bought his store, and say to the new owner, “My grandpa used to own your store.” Then smile and he would chat with me as he worked on jewelry. Now that I have gone off the Islander - X track let me go back to Hawaii.


Grandma, Amy Flora Koch’s father and her uncle owned a few of the very first Hawaiian General Stores and I think that is so exciting to this day. Then her grandfather owned and operated one of the very first Sugar Cane Plantations. And Amy’s grandfather liked Whalers and I researched that the Kings of Hawaii liked Whaler Ships also and they had Whaler Clubs in the Kingdom of Hawaii, so most likely the Kings of Hawaii were also called, by the name Captain, by those who were their friends and family. And Amy Koch’s grandfather was called Captain Willfong and I found out he knew the Kings of Hawaii because he was in their Whaler Ship Club, for sure. So, I am thinking, (maybe our grandfather, Captain Willfong married a Hawaiian Princess! Who knows) I found out our grandfather, Captain Willfong helped make the very first Hawaiian Postal Stamp and owned a Post Office. I also found out our grandfather was an inventor and that many Hawaiian hula songs were written to him because the People of the Hawaiian Islands loved Captain Willfong who lived in Puna by the Lighthouse, they write in the Hawaiian Historical Society. (I love you also my grandfather Captain Willfong). Maybe this is the reason why I was born wanting and still want to just wear MuuMuu’s for the rest of my life and dance the hula! And eat Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and Hawaiian barbeque meat of all kinds and make and eat their sweet bread and more.


Then My Father, father’s mother’s side is Native American and I traced them back to being Native American and being born on Indian Reservations as long as an Indian Reservations existed. My grandmothers on my Native American side lived to be 100 years old for many generations and each generation had a set of twins. I am going to write about my Native American Indian side one day and it is a very nice heritage that I adore. I also eat their food, that I have always cooked for my daily diet from our tribe. This Indian food urge is very strong in me and their ways are in me also. I have the Indian - X for sure. These women are very good, hard working women, who are not material or worldly minded. My Indian X side wants to wake up, go out into a field, cut down corn cobs and pick berries from bushes, while I boil my coffee over my fire. Then take my corn I chopped down and make it into dried corn, to stone ground corn. I then would take a rock that I cleaned, as a prepared kitchen tool and pound the rock on the corn, onto another big stone rock that was cleaned and prepared for cooking. Then cook and prepare many things made of corn to eat. I make corn cakes with buttermilk, with zucchini, with berries and most importantly molasses. I make Indian pudding and I have always added cinnamon into everything along with molasses, all the years of my life. I am someone who traveled to Tennessee and stopped along the side of the road at an old shack to buy wonderful molasses in a gallon jug and I have done this since I was twenty years old. I would call Tennessee to buy my Molasses to have it shipped to Manhattan Beach, California to eat it daily and with my cinnamon also. When I was a child still, I was visiting Northern California and there I would go out and pick berries, then I would take the berry’s home and make them into homemade berry pies. I started to make berry soup on my very own and my berry soup turns into berry sauce sometimes to eat on all kinds of dishes. As a child I would also spend days cutting dried figs and make homemade fig bars, for all of us to eat. This X likes working, cleaning and caring for others in very small spaces, while being happy without a dime,. (My Indian X in me makes me wonder many things because the Indians dance their own hula and wear their own MuuMuu’s that are becoming to me, maybe I am Sumo on my very Indian side, I wonder.)  How do these three cultures, meaning Islander, Hebrew Jewish, Native American mix into one person? They do. It works.

Below you can view the styles of some of my favorite Traditional Hawaiian Mu'umu'us.


  This is from  https://www.betemuu.com/hawaiian-wear


          The name of this dress is- Lili'uokalani#10B


PLUS, American Indian Berry Soup

and someone like me making their corn into corn(meal/flour) and then making corn frybread or cornbread, corn-cakes and more. These photos to me are what it's like to be born Native American or part American Indian.


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